Monday, January 22, 2018

Interview with Boethiah done by Patrick posted on 1-22-18

Interview with Boethiah done by Patrick

1.Hello Derek and Sean how are you doing this week?Please introduce yourselves to the readers?

Derek: I'm doing well. I Derek, The founder, bassist and drummer for Boethiah.

Sean :Thanks for the interview Patrick! My name is Sean, I'm 24, I'm a music fan first and foremost, and I love metal!

2.When did you first discover metal music and who were some of the first bands you listened to?Who are some of your current favorites?

Sean: I was around 10 years old. My next door neighbor's father was a huge metalhead, and showed me Black Sabbath, Maiden, the greats! My favorite bands are Death, Entombed, Iron Maiden, Sepultura, Incantation, Bolt Thrower. I love newer death metal bands like Anatomia, Blood Incantation, Spectral Voice, Ziggurat, and many more!

Derek: I was around 13 years old. Some of the bands were Slayer, Deicide and Megadeth.

3.When did you two first meet ?And was it long before you started the band?

 Around 6 years ago, a mutual friend introduced us and that was that. Boethiah was originally a 4 member band, who played a few live shows, and released an EP in 2014. The band members moved on, and Derek invited me (Sean) to resurrect the band. And now here we are in 2018, with a full album!

4.How did you choose Boethiah as the name of the name and does it have a special meaning?And who would you say are the bands biggest influences?

 The name comes from a popular game franchise called "The Elder Scrolls". Our biggest influences are Grave, Immolation, and Dismember.

5.Invocations Of The Xenolith is the bands debut release how long did it take you two to write the music for the debut?

It took us about 3 months to fully write and record the album. Derek had a few songs written, and I contributed some songs. We decided to make it a full length, and physically release it.

6.Where can the readers buy your debut cd?And does the band have any other merchandise available for the readers to buy? We made 100 CD's, with half currently remaining at this time. We plan to make some shirts in the future, and possibly tapes, patches, pins. For now, the music is the main focus.

7.Invocations Of The Xenolith is self released do you two prefer to work alone or would you like to find a label to work with someday?

 We worked alone and self released, but, we are very interested in working with a label.

8.I know Boethiah is a two man band would you like to find new musicians to work with or do you prefer to work as a two man band?

 As far as writing and recording, we prefer to stay a two piece. We both have the same vision and like how easy it is to work together. As soon as we can, we will find some live musicians to fill in and play some shows!

9.If you had the opportunity to work with any musicians {past or present} who would you two like to work with?

Sean: Chuck Schuldiner!

 Derek: Ross Dolan from Immolation! We'd love to collaborate with our friend Jay in Humanity's End! (talking about it right now!)

10.Have you two started working on new music for the next release?

We never stopped working on music! The release process is continuous, and we're full of even more ideas now!

11.Besides working in Boethiah do either of you play in any other bands or solo projects?

 Sean: Not currently in any other bands, although I may have something in the works.

Derek: Currently just focusing on Boethiah.

12.Besides death metal do you two listen to any other forms of metal or underground music?If yes what are some genres you listen to and favorite bands or artists?

 Sean: Yes! We love all sorts of metal. Death, black, thrash, grind, traditional! I love Spectral Voice, Blood Incantation, Enespulcher, Humanity's End. Damien from Las Cruces, New Mexico. Sabrewulf from El Paso Texas!

13.When not working on new music or band business what do you like to do in your free time?

Sean: In my spare time, I write 1980s synthwave influenced music, practice drawing, and learn more about music production. I also love video games and reading.

 Derek: I love to read, practice guitar and bass, and play video games

14.Thank you for taking the time to fill this interview out do you have any final comments for the readers?

Thank you for this interview! Boethiah wouldn't have become a reality without our friend Eric, with his valuable insights and talents! Please share and spead our music if you like, and pick up a copy of our debut on bandcamp. If you're in the EU, please check with Dark Blasphemies Records soon!

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Review of Boethiah--Invocation Of The Xenolith done by Patrick posted on 1-22-18

Boethiah--Invocation Of  The Xenolith   cd{Self Released}

 Boethiah  are  a  new two man band  coming out of the Californinan death metal scene.Their  debut full length is now  available  featuring nine songs  of primitive,old school death metal.Sean takes  care of the vocals which  are similar to the early 90's death metal vocalists.Sean does a great job with the death metal vocals mixed with  some deeper death metal growls and some  screams are mixed into  some of the  songs.Sean  also  handles  the  guitar duties which range  from a mid paced guitar sound the guitars do speed up to a much faster pace in some of the  songs.Derek takes care of  the drums which are played in the same vein as the guitars with  both outbursts of fast drumming patterns but the drums are mainly played in the mid paced drum style.If you are a fan of mid 90's death metal and want to  hear  a band paying tribute to this era with  their own musical  ability then  check  out  Boethiah's  debut  today.

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Review of Monads-IVIIV done by Patrick posted on 1-22-18

Monads--IVIIV cd {Aesthetic Death Rec.}

Belgium funeral doom band  Monads release  their debut cd IVIIV.Four tracks of  epic and long songs of funeral doom.The  vocals  are  deep and low death metal  growls.The guitars  are heavy slow and powerful guitar  chords.If you are  a  fan  of bleak funeral  death doom metal then defintly pick up a  copy IVIIV today.

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Saturday, January 20, 2018

Interview with Whipstriker done by Patrick posted on 1-20-18

Interview  with  Whipstriker   done  by  Patrick

1.Hails  please introduce  yourself to  the  readers?At  what  age  did you  first  start  listening to  metal music?

Victor: Hey!  I am Victor. I play bass and vocals on Whipstriker and others bands like Diabolic Force, Atomic Roar, Farscape, Kuld and Virgin´s Vomit. I remember I was 8 years old when my cousin introduced me some bands but to be honest I didn´t understand that noise very well. So I think I became a true metal fan in 1996/1997, when I was 11/12 years old. 

2.Who  were some of the  first  bands you  listened to and who  are  some of your  current favorite  bands?

Victor: I´ve started with the legends. Iron Maiden, Metallica, Misfits, Motorhead, Manowar, Slayer and then I got ready to Kreator, Sodom, Venom, Morbid Angel etc. There are a lot of killer bands nowdays. Some of them are Ravencult, Nocturnal Witch, Midnight, Hellish Crossfire, Nocturnal Graves, Venefixion, Witchtrial, Grave Desecrator, Bunker 66, Terrorhammer, Apokalyptic Raids, Flagelador, Cult of Horror, Power from Hell, Trench Hell, Excoriate, Agressive Perfector,Savage Master, Negative Vortex, Perversion, Nuke, Shitfucker, Baphomet´s Blood, Beastiality, Incarceration, Quintessenz, Nocturnal, Division Speed, Inepsy, Toxic Holocaust, Children of Technology, Condor, Deathhammer, Insane, Insurgency, Cruel Force and many more. These are bands from my generation (from 1998 - Present).

3.Whipstriker was formed  in 2008  what gave you  the idea to  start this  band? Who would you  say  are  Whipstriker's biggest  influences?

Victor: Back in 2008 I had more than 20 songs ready to be recorded. So I´ve decided to record them but I din´t stop and we´re here today. I wanted to make a one-man-band because I din´t want to depend on other people to play live etc. Our main influences are Venom, Bathory, early Kreator, Warfare, Motorhead, early Destruction, Tank and many NWOBHM bands, English/Swedich Crust Punk bands and 70´s bands like Thin Lizzy and UFO. We have no rules for music. 

4.Whipstriker recently signed  to Hells Headbangers Rec. How  did you  come in  contact  with this  legendary U.S  label?

Victor: I know the label since their early days and I´m a fan of their work. I had a pleasure to be on Hells Headbash Fest in 2015 and it was awesome. Three days of pure fucking metal madness. Before Whipstriker we signed with our other band Diabolic Force. I just sent the songs to Chase in first hand and asked him if he wanted to release the new album. He said yes. The release date is sheduled to March,09 / 2018.


5.Merciless Artillery is the upcoming new  release from the band. How  long did it take the band to write the music for this  release?

Victor: I really don´t know. We released our third album in the middle of 2016. So I think the answer is one year or less because we started the record session of the new album in October/01/2017. And I remember in our brazilian tour 

(july 2017) the songs were ready. 

6.Besides  the upcoming  Merciless Artillery release are any of the bands past splits and EPS  still  available? If  yes where can the readers  buy  your releases and  merchandise?

Victor: Yes, there are a lot of splits available. You can buy a lot of them in the Hell´s Headbangers website or you can go directly to the websites of the labels that released these stuffs. For 2018 there are four 7´´EP splits comming. With Terrorhammer from Croatia, with Bunker 66 from Italy, with Hellripper from UK and a 4-way split with Hammr, Steal Bearing Hand and Weaponizer (all from USA). 

7. I know  Whipstriker  will be doing a U.S tour in  March  where  are  some cities  the band will be  playing?

03/15 San Diego - CA

03/16 Los Angeles - CA

03/17 oAKLAND - CA


03/19 Eugene - OR

03/20 Portland - OR

03/21 Seattle - WA

03/22 Detroit - MI

03/23 Chicago - IL

03/24 Lexington - KY

03/25 Hyattsville - MD

03/26 Philadelphia - PA

03/27 New York - NY

8.Who  are  some bands you  will be touring  with?

Victor: We will be playing the whole tour with Negative Vortex from Oakland, California. We will play with many good bands at the Blood of  The Wolf Fest (Kentucky). Some other local bands are Perversion, Throatt, Raw Dogs, Powerthrone, Cemetery Lust, Bewitcher, Kommand, Oxygen Destroyer, Defecrator, Mysticism and others that I don´t know yet.

9.Besides  the U.S tour  are  the  any plans for  a European  tour  in 2018? If yes  where  will the  band  be  playing?

Victor: Unfortunelly we can´t play Europe in 2018. I have only 30 days in a year to be touring. We played like 20 dates in Europe in 2016 and probably we will be back in 2019. 

10.What does  underground  metal  mean  to  you?

Victor: I live for the underground since 1998. So it´s my life. I like to play tours, talk to local bands, discorver new bands, new labels, new fanzines etc. 

11.Whipstriker  comes out  of  Brazil's  thrash, speed metal  scene  what is your  opinion of  Brazil's metal  scene?

Victor: I like the scene. Brazil is very big and tehre are a lot of good cities to play. My favorite bands are Apokalyptic Raids, Grave Desecrator, Velho, Flagelador, The Unhaligast, Cult of Horror, Power from Hell, Nuclear Frost, Beast Conjurator, Murdeath, Violator, Tyranno, Sepulchral Whore, Carrasco and others I don´t remember now. Since we´re a shit country we have many problems with equipaments, good venues etc. Everything is fucking expensive. So here the metal lives in the very deep underground. We do what we can. 

12.Who  are  some of your  all-time  favorite Brazilian  bands? And  are  their  any new bands you  feel the  readers should  check out soon?

Victor: Some of them are Sarcofago, early Sepultura, Holocausto, Chakal, Vulcano, Mutilator, Taurus (only the first album) and Ratos de Porao. Check the new bands I said above. 

13.Besides   Whipstriker  do you or  any of the members  currently  work with any other  bands or solo projects?

Victor: I play i Atomic Roar, Diabolic Force, Farscape, Kuld and Virgin´s Vomit. I played tours/shows with Apokalyptic Raids and Power fromk Hell. The other members play in bands like Cult of Horror, Apokalyptic Raids, The Unhaligast and Flagelador. And there are our international brothers. Kevin is french and he plays in bands like Venefixion, Necrowretch, Perversifier and also live gigs with Destroyer 666, Trench Hell and Assaulter. Tony is american and he plays in NUKE from Detroit, Michigan. 

14.When  not  working on new music or band  business what  do you  enjoy  doing  in your  spare  time?

Victor: To be honest I basically like to spend my time with some metal shit. You know. Meet friends and listen to some bands, drink beers and talk some bullshit. I live very close to the beach, so sometimes we spend our time drinking beers on the beach. 

15.Thank you  for taking the  time to fill this interview  out  do you  have  any final  comments  for  the  readers?

Victor: Thanx you for support the band. Underground people will always have our support. Keep your web-zine alive and spread the madness.

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Interview with Perpetrator done by Patrick posted on 1-16-18

Interview with Perpetrator done by Patrick

1.Hello please introduce yourself to the readers?

Greetings; we are a Thrash Metal band from Portugal made by friends who have been total Metal fanatics ever since the eighties. Back then we realised that Metal is the greatest fucking thing ever and we have dedicated our lives to it thenceforward. Perpetratör is an homage to the pristine times of Thrash Metal, when the original bands were kicking ass like none other previously had.

2.Perpetrator was formed in 2008 what gave you all the idea to start this band?

I had always been a Thrasher, ever since I was 15, and in 2002 I and two friends created a band called Axe Murderers that lasted for three months and was a lot of fun. I had wanted to do a Thrash band ever since, or a Thrash project at least, and eventually, in 2008, I recorded a couple of tracks home alone for fun and called the idea Perpetratör. I ended up showing them to Paulão and we had the possibility of doing something out of it playing in our minds for a while. Eventually he insisted and composed the whole of the first album (including a re-take of one of my original tracks). I added lyrics and vocals and bass, we needed a stellar guitar player for solos and so we immediately thought of Marouco, and we needed a killer drummer and so Ângelo Sexo was summoned out of the Dungeon Dimensions.

3.What is the current line up for the band?And who would you say are Perpetrator's biggest influences?

The band has always been me, Rick, on bass and vocals, Paulão on guitars, Marouco on guitar solos, and Ângelo Sexo as a session drummer… live he is replaced, due to health issues, with Emídio, a good friend of ours who is a phenomenal drummer. Perpetratör’s main influences are probably Slayer and the German holy trinity of Kreator, Sodom and Destruction, but there are so many more bands that directly influence our sound… Artillery, Annihilator, Thin Lizzy, Necronomicon, Protector, Holy Moses, Testament, Living Death, Exumer, … the list goes on!

4.Altered Beast is the bands second full length how long did it take the band to write the music for the new release?Does the whole band work on writing the music or does one member usually write everything?

The majority of the new songs were recorded a couple months after the release of the debut album or even before the release date, really. We used some of this material in a split 7” with Hellbastard, and the rest was shelved for years. Eventually Paulão got me off my couch to finish the sophomore, we recorded a couple more songs and presto! Paulão does everything, then I come up with the lyrics and vocals and Marouco creates his solo orgy for the album. That’s pretty much how it works.

5.Who usually takes care of writing the lyrics for the music and what are some topics you all wrote about on Altered Beast?

I do all the lyrics… topics are usually whatever comes into my mind… I tended to explore altered states of consciousness and some mental anguish in the past, but also stuff like mythology, history, Metal itself, and so on… the new album goes the same way, adding a thing or two… I have a song about an extreme alcoholic incident I went through in Belgium… and there is a song about a mass murderer I wrote the lyrics to on the way to recording vocals. I wrote them in the subway and on the boat across the river… when I got to the studio I told Paulão, hey, I wrote some lyrics to that other song, and he said, let’s begin by recording that one then, ha ha! And we did

6.Does Perpetrator play live very often or do you prefer to work in the studio?What have been some of the bands most memorable shows over the years?

Well, Perpetratör is more of a studio project, really… from the beginning Paulão made it clear he cannot turn this into a real band because of his professional activity. So from the beginning we decided not to play live. In fact, right after the first album was released, a local organizer we have been friends with for a long time decided to make it happen, and so Perpetratör played one single gig in 2014. It was actually a great experience. Too bad it will be even more difficult now for it ever to happen again, because Marouco moved to the southern end of the country.

7.Are their any tours or shows coming up in 2018 in support of the new release?If yes where will the band be playing?

Nope. As I just wrote above, chances for live presentations are quite minimal right now.

8.Besides the upcoming release of Altered Beast does the band have any copies of the debut release still available?Besides physical releases does the band have any other merchandise available for the readers to buy?If yes what is available and where can the readers buy it?

I guess there are still some CDs available, although very few from us. Probably Stormspell has a bunch, if they didn’t manage to get rid of them. You probably can find them in distros, together with the Hellbastard split. Our current label has also released the tape version of the first album, and did some Perpetratör beer, but we drank all the ones we had.

9.What does underground metal mean to you all?

Well, to me it’s meant my life since I was a teenager. I am lucky to play in bands that allow me to occasionally travel and participate in festivals throughout Europe and see great bands and meet old and new friends. I revel in being a part of this great Metal family that exists around the globe. And I have always been involved in bands, fanzines, artwork, etc. Same for the others… Paulão makes a living from sound, recording bands, and both him and Marouco have been playing in Metal bands for decades. I have a lot of interests, from literature to archaeology, etc. But keeping the true Metal flame burning is more than that -- it’s a mission!

10.Besides playing in Perpetrator do you or any of the members currently work with any other bands?

Right now I play in Ravensire, a Heavy Metal band, and Filii Nigrantium Infernalium, a Black Thrash Heavy Metal band. Besides that, I always have a couple of projects with friends waiting to get off the ground. Paulão played in several bands, most notably The Firstborn for a long time, and now has mainly some Punk bands and projects other than Perpetratör. Marouco played several years with Omission from Spain and other stuff, and is now mainly connected to his old band Extreme Unction… and many bands ask him for a hand when recording. Both hands, in fact.

11. Perpetrator comes out of Portugal's thrash,death metal scene what are your thoughts on the scene in Portugal's metal scene?

I hesitate in naming bands, I am bound to forget important names, but the scene is actually quite good these days when it comes to bands. It could always be better, but truth is there are many quality bands. There is a good quantity and quality of gigs, and throughout the decades there have been much worse times… I still wish there were good real Metal bars…the scene is very poor when it comes to that.

12.Who are your all-time favorite bands coming out of Portugal?And are their any new bands you could recommend to the readers?

Oh well, I am just going to say a few of many good bands… my favourite band from the past is probably Thormenthor… and from the present probably Martelo Negro. Concerning Thrash the bands I most like are not too active…stuff like Motörpenis, Atomik Destruktor and Alcoholocaust. There have been some great Black Crust bands showing up, like Scum Liquor and Systemik Violence, etc. Death Metal is going fine with old bands like Sacred Sin, Theriomorphic and so on and new bands like Archaic Tomb. Heavy Metal has some great bands too, like Midnight Priest, Alkateya, The Unholy, and others. And I could mention many other names…

13.Besides bands does Portugal have any honest and reliable labels or distro's you think the readers should check out soon?

Yes, there are several of those… I think they’re all very reliable right now… I’ll have to make a special mention to the label we are working with right now: Caverna Abismal, who also do distibution. You’ll find none more honest and hard working.

14.When not working on new music or band business what do you enjoy doing in your free time?

As far as I’m concerned… Sex, booze and Metal!

15.Thank you for taking the time to fill this interview out do you have any final words for the readers?

Yes, thanks to you for the support and to all the readers, mainly those who got this far! I raise my beer mug to all those who still keep Metal true. Cheers to all!

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Saturday, January 13, 2018

Defenestration--Gutter Perditione cd/digital review posted by Patrick on 1-13-18

Defenestration--Gutter  Perditione cd/digital {Xenokorp Militia  series}
Defenestration are the  first band to be releasesed through the Militia Series which  showcases  new and upcoming bands.Gutter  Perditione is five tracks  of old school death metal the music is played with both extremely fast and a more mid paced style that works for this band.The drumming  is done with a lot of  skill and experience that showcases both hyperspeed blast beats and a more controlled drum pace,The  vocals  are old school death metal  growls and some gruff  growls and even screams are used in a few of the  songs.If you are  a fan of  Chris Barnes era Cannibal Corpse or early Cryptopsy  and others  then  defintly  pick this  release up  when it is  released.
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